There’s an outage that’s grounded all the big and little planes across the US.

An outage worse than all the airport staff that’ve also been outage. That is, since The Great Quit, or whatever we’re calling that COVID-rather-not-work-anymore thing.

As I write, all the troubled US Airline stocks are themselves grounded… but not in the primary Oxford Dictionary sense:

(I didn’t choose the usage, however accurate) Via Oxford Dictionary 

It’s more this one (below), which has left US airline shares tumble in premarket trading:

(I didn’t choose this example either, no matter how accurate on how many levels and however generally terrific) Via Oxford Dictionary

The glitch according to reports out of the US is that a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) computer’s on the blink and until that’s sorted the world’s busiest domestic and international system of airports is down and out.

There is, as one might expect, much wailing and gnashing of teeth.

And a fair bit of selling.

Southwest Airlines (SWA) – down 2% before the opening bell .

American Airlines Group Inc. (AAL) down from +4% to 0.8%

United Airlines (UAL) – from +5.5% to be down -0.6%

And uh-oh – not a great week for these guys to be reporting apparently…

 

Delta Air Lines (DAL), was up +3.6% and has fallen back to 0.7%

“The FAA is working to restore its Notice to Air Missions System,” the FAA tweeted early Wednesday. “We are performing final validation checks and reloading the system now.”

“Operations across the National Airspace System are affected,” the FAA added. “We will provide frequent updates as we make progress.”

In a subsequent tweet the FAA said it has ordered airlines to pause all domestic departures until 9 a.m. Eastern time.

The Notice to Air Missions System provides pilots with safety information.

The 19th US Transportation Secretary and future presidential aspirant Pete Buttigieg said he’s spoken to the FAA and that he’s more or less on the case, again via Twitter.

A Notice to Air Missions contains “information essential to personnel concerned with flight operations but not known far enough in advance to be publicized by other means,” according to the FAA’s website. The notice states the abnormal status of a component of the National Airspace System, not the normal status, according to the FAA.

Fortunately this guy is onto the 19th Transport Sec. I feel safer already.

Flights that were in the skies at the time of grounding would be permitted to land, and there was believed to be no danger to any in-progress flights, NBC reported.

NBC added that airports in the EU reported that in-bound operations were on track. Or on runway, perhaps. More fitting.

We’ll keep you posted.